Nightjarring

A late evening visit to Savernake Forest by five of Wiltshire’s finest birdwatchers was rewarded by plenty of avian activity. Along with the usual Blackbirds and Song Thrushes, several Tawny Owls were heard. We were treated to at least eleven flyovers by Woodcock giving the opportunity to hear their various calls. At one point a Police Car drove past with the occupants giving us a cursory wave. Obviously nothing at all suspicious about us hanging around in the middle of Savernake well after dusk. At around twenty to ten a Nightjar started to Churr and continued to do so almost constantly until half past ten. Surely one of the strangest and most evocative birdcall in the UK. Without doubt hearing the first Nighjar of the year is certainly one of my favourite birding moments. Frustratingly, although it was fairly close and stayed within a fairly small area we did not get a sighting.Β  So another heard but not seen bird requiring a return visit.

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